Revolutionary Era

The Revolutionary Era is marked by major political changes in North America, South America and Europe.

1789 French Revolution. Storming of the Bastille, which frees the Marquis de Sade.


1789 Dr Guillotin proposes the use of the device that now bears his name.

1789 Fletcher Christian (1764-1793) leads a mutiny against Captain William Bligh (1754-1817) on the H.M.S. Bounty.

1790 Headless Horseman terrifies Ichabod Crane – - rival of Brom Bones for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel – - in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

1792 Victor Frankenstein (1770-1799) creates his Monster

1792 Mike Fink (1780-1823) establishes himself as the best shooter in Ohio. He becomes the King of the Riverboats on the Ohio River.

1793 Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) launches the Reign of Terror. Sir Percy Blakeney becomes the Scarlet Pimpernel to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine and Citizen Chauvelin.

1794 Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) wins freedom for the slaves of Haiti.

1794 Whiskey Rebellion

1795 Louis XVII, the Lost Dauphin (b. 1785), smuggled out of France.

1795 British dandy Beau Brummel popularizes the necktie.

1796 Jean Valjean imprisoned in the Toulon Penitentiary

1796 Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine Bonaparte.

1798 Malthus predicts that population will outrun the food supply.

[edit] Napoleonic Era

1799 Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) becomes first consul of the French Republic.

1799 Davy Crockett (1786-1836) runs away from home to become King of the Wild Frontier.

1800 John Adams becomes the first president to move into the White House, though he shortly has to move out.

1800 Thomas Jefferson elected president.

1801 Johnny Appleseed (1776-1847) begins planting apple trees in the Ohio wilderness.

1804 Vice President Aaron Burr shoots Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton

1804-1806 Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770-1838), led by their Indian guide Sacagawea (1787-1812), explore the new Louisiana Purchase on a cross-continental expedition.

1804 Napoleon becomes Emperor of France, with Josephine as his empress.

1806 Don Diego de la Vega (b. 1782) assumes the identity of Zorro to combat the tyrannical Spanish government of California.

1806 Jean Lafitte (d. 1826) begins his career as a pirate, operating out of Grand Terre island, south of New Orleans.

1806 Zebulon Pike spots Pike’s Peak.

1808 James Madison elected president; Dolly Madison becomes first lady.

1809 Abraham Lincoln born in a log cabin.

1809-1849 Edgar Allan Poe

1810 Napoleon divorces Josephine.

1811 Luddites, led by General Ned Ludd, begin campaign of sabotage in Nottingham.

1812 Napoleon invades Russia.

1812 Lord Byron (1788-1824) begins his poetic career.

1812 War of 1812 begins.

1814 The British burn the White House; Dolly Madison flees with George Washington’s portrait.

Revolutionary Era

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